Silt gas meeting draws crowd
SILT – Nearly 100 people greeted natural gas company executives with courtesy – but also with frustrated outbursts – at a Silt homeowners’ association meeting. “We have a lot of questions we want answered,” announced Panorama Mesa Homeowners Association president Susan Carter to the standing-room- only crowd that gathered at the Silt Congregational Church Tuesday night, which included Silt Mayor John Evans, town administrator Rick Aluise, Realtor Wayne Pollard and concerned Silt area residents Ann Nicholson, Dave Moore, Mike Mello and Marice Doll.People came, not only from Carter’s subdivision, but from all over the Silt and Rifle area to meet representatives from Antero Resources, a privately held company new to the area that is actively seeking mineral rights for possible natural gas development.Antero recently sent letters to landowners in the Panorama subdivision north of Silt about purchasing their mineral rights. Antero’s vice president of production Terrell Dobkins, Bill Perrini from Antero’s Denver office, and chief geologist Robert Mueller all explained their lengthy histories in the gas industry, and explained that any development was likely a couple of years off. Things got more heated when people in the audience started firing questions at the Antero representatives regarding surface owner rights and the impact of gas industry development on private property and neighborhoods.”People in Texas don’t care about (these issues),” Dobkins told the crowd, referring to gas well developments Antero has constructed in and around Ft. Worth. “But this is a different place.” A follow-up public forum regarding Antero’s and other gas industry plans is being coordinated by Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and Western Colorado Congress from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Rifle Middle School.
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